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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (10:17 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

many Farsi-speaking churches have been closed down in Tehran and other cities across the country and pressure on Christian converts is increasing

Judge Ali Babaei said holding house church services was "a criminal act which spreads profligacy among youth and creates doubts in their minds about Islamic principles."

Judge Ali Babaei said holding house church services was “a criminal act which spreads profligacy among youth and creates doubts in their minds about Islamic principles.”

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– An Iranian court has sentenced a young evangelical Christian to one year imprisonment and two years exile to a remote border town for his involvement in evangelism and house churches, Iranian Christians told BosNewsLife Tuesday, August 20.

The Revolutionary Court in the city of Robat-Karim, some 27 kilometers (17 miles) southwest of Tehran, reportedly told Ebrahim Firouzi that his “Books (Bibles), and other means of evangelism taken from him, including his personal computer, which were used to commit this crime will be seized in favor of the government and destroyed.”

Judge Ali Babaei allegedly said the sentence was justified as Firouzi had been “propagating against the Islamic regime [by] starting and directing an evangelism group, contact with opponents of the Islamic Revolution and anti-Islamic regime networks in foreign countries”.

He added that Firouzi started a Christian website, distributed… Continue reading

Saturday, August 10, 2013 (5:16 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

During interrogation, three Christians were allegedly beaten. Mohammad-Reza Pirri had to be hospitalized in prison’s hospital for four days.

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– Iranian authorities detained and mistreated three Christian converts amid a wider crackdown on what the country’s Islamic leadership calls “evangelical and extremist” Christians, activists said Saturday, August 10.

Farshid Modares-Aval, Mohammad-Reza Pirri, and Yashar Farzin-No, were reportedly captured July 20 in raids by security authorities in the northern city of Tabriz.

The three Christian men were transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention center in Tabriz prison where they remained Saturday, August 10, Iranian activists said.

During the interrogation, the three Christians were allegedly beaten. “This was so brutal in the case of Mohammad-Reza Pirri that he had to be hospitalized in prison’s hospital for four days,” said Mohabat News, an agency of Iranian Christians and activists.

Security forces reportedly also searched the homes of the Christian detainees, seizing several personal belongings.

NO REASONS PROVIDED

Officials have so far declined to reveal the reasons for the arrests to their families, Christians familiar with the case said. Authorities allegedly told… Continue reading

Iranian Christian Mohammad-Hadi (Mostafa) Bordbar has been sentenced to 10 years imrisonment for his faith, activists say.

Iranian Christian Mohammad-Hadi (Mostafa) Bordbar has been sentenced to 10 years imrisonment for his faith, activists say.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (9:45 am)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with additional reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– An Iranian Christian convert has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on what his supporters say are false charges linked to his evangelical church activities, local activist said Tuesday, August 6.

Mohammad-Hadi (Mostafa) Bordbar, a 27-year-old resident of the city of Rasht, was “tried by Judge Pir-Abbasi on the morning of June 9, 2013 in branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran,” amid a wider government crackdown on spreading Christianity in Iran said Mohabat News, an agency of Iranian Christian and activists.

Bordbar, who has been detained since December 27, 2012, received a five-year jail sentence for “membership of an anti-security organization” and an additional five years for “gathering with the intent to commit crimes against Iranian national security,” according to published court documents.

The court reportedly said that Bordbar was involved in “Christian evangelical activities” and “Zionism” aimed at undermining the Islamic leadership of the country through establishing “evangelical ministries and organizations and holding underground worship meetings.”… Continue reading

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– Iran’s Islamic leadership has sentenced six Iranian converts to Christianity to long prison terms in recent days, when world attention focused on the country’s presidential elections, Christians confirmed Wednesday, June 18.

Mohabat News, an agency of Christians and activists in Iran, told BosNewsLife that four men, a woman and her teen-aged son were convicted by a Revolutionary Court in Shiraz, in southwestern Iran.

Iran has sentenced six Iranian house church Christians.

Iran has sentenced six Iranian house church Christians.

The four men, identified as Mojtaba Seyyed-Alaedin Hossein, Homayoun Shokouhi, Mohammad-Reza Partoei (Koorosh) and Vahid Hakkani were “found guilty of attending a house-church, spreading Christianity, having contact with foreign ministries, propaganda against the regime and disrupting national security,” added Mohabat News, citing a lawyer.

Each was sentenced to 44 months imprisonment; Hossein and Shokouhi will also have to serve an additional eight months behind bars, the activists said.

Fariba Nazemina, the wife of Shokouhi, and her 17-year-old son Nima Shokouhi received both a suspended two-year prison sentence on unspecified charges linked to their Christian activities, Mohabat News reported.

CHRISTIANS APPEAL?

Though the Christians could appeal the sentences within… Continue reading